The Federal, State and Local Justice Public Safety ecosystem is comprised of numerous multi-faceted agencies charged with protecting and ensuring the safety of people and property within their jurisdictions. Effective operation of this sophisticated ecosystem requires intricate orchestration of digital assets among the agencies and compliance with the myriad of federal, state and local statute and regulations. GCOM's Soteria Justice Public Safety practice is dedicated to enabling Public Safety agencies to achieve their business imperatives by ensuring they have reliable, instantaneous access to the data needed to make the right decisions at the right time.
GCOM in Justice and Public Safety
Over the past 14 years, GCOM has developed expertise facilitating the modernization and digital transformation initiatives for a variety of state and local public safety agencies. Through each of these initiatives, we partnered with the agency to gain a solid understanding of their unique business processes and identify the best approach to achieve their tactical and strategic business goals. Gaining an in-depth understanding of a broad variety of processes for the capture, protection and dissemination of criminal justice-based data, from incident report to arrest through adjudication and final disposition, enables GCOM to facilitate your agency achieving your digital transformation objectives.
GCOM Soteria Use-of-Force Reporting System
Unquestionably, the vast majority of law enforcement officers passionately honor their oath to respectfully and ethically protect and serve all constituents within their jurisdiction. The actions of a minescule minority has instensified scrutiny of law enforcement use-of-force for the last 30 years, arguably ignited by a highly publicized 1991 videotaped arrest in Los Angeles. Mass proliferation of portable video recording capabilities combined with instantaneous worldwide distribution platforms amplifies perceptions of rampant incidents of egregious use-of-force, eroding the public’s trust and support. Neutralizing extreme emotions requires careful, objective analysis and publishing of facts identifying trends and circumstances that warrant intervention. Through collaboration with major law enforcement organizations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) developed the National Use-of-Force Data Collection to support the fact data collection. This aggregated data enables multi-dimenstional analysis of the cross-section of events providing insights into trends and correlations of circumstances, subjects and officers to inform the evolution of processes and procedures to achieve the agency’s goals.
GCOM's Soteria Use-of-Force Reporting system is a COTS product that enables State crime reporting organizations to receive and validate State and FBI compliant Use-of-Force data submissions from the local Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA’s). The Use-of-Force Reporting System supports the National Use-of-Force Data Collection business rules, while providing flexibility to accommodate extensions that may be required by the State CJIS organization.
- Incoming Submissions to the State Agency (LEAs to the State Agency): UoF enforces all 200+ FBI National Use-of-Force Business Rules as defined by FBI Technical Specification v 4.4.
- Real time XML submissions to FBI. Use-of-Force product is capable of sending real time UoF submissions in XML format to the FBI, providing immediate success or failure confirmation.
- Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) Records Management System (RMS) agnostic. Flexibility to receive compliant data in numerous modern and legacy formats, minimizing implementation efforts.
- GCOMs Soteria Use-of-Force offers advanced reporting capabilities. A user can view/download their monthly transactions and error reports. State Admins can send reminder emails to delinquent agencies with one click!
Qualifying Use-of-Force Events
The National Use-of-Force Data Collection aggregates data associated with three types of use-of-force incidents:
- Fatality occurs to a person in connection with use-of-force by a law enforcement officer.
- Serious bodily injury to a person in connection with the use-of-force by a law enforcement officer.
- Discharge of a firearm by a law enforcement officer at or in the direction of a person, where no death or serious bodily injury occurred.
The definition of serious bodily injury based on 18 United States Code 246 (4). “‘Serious bodily injury’ means bodily injury that involves a substantial risk of death, unconsciousness, protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty.”
Use-of-Force Data Elements
The National Use-of-Force Data Collection captures a variety of data elements associated with:
- Incident Circumstance Information
- Subject Information
- Officer Information
Participation in the National Use-of-Force Data Collection is voluntary. Providing the use-of-force information contributes to the aggregation of nationwide data, allowing macro analysis of nature of incidents, subjects and circumstances associated with law enforcement use-of-force, strengthening the bond of trust.
Use-of-Force Reporting System Features
- CJIS Compliant
- Inbox– Receive message alerts
- Dashboard– Quickly check status and alerts
- Reports – Summary by Agency, Region and State
- FBI UoF File generation
- Monthly XML-file submission to FBI
- Zero Reports
- Processing Error Data Set (EDS) from FBI
- Flexible - XML format gives flexibility to change values for the enumerated list
- Configurable – State specific UoF data requirements can be applied to the incoming submissions
- Correlation with NIBRS Incident Report identifier
- Agency Maintenance
- Account Management
- Audit Services
- Non-invasive – GCOM Useof-Force Reporting System integrates with existing LEA RMS systems, regardless of technology
GCOM isn’t your typical government solutions provider. GCOM combines the scale to support large complex projects with the agility and accessibility of a boutique solutions provider giving state and local government leaders a third option when looking for a partner to help modernize operations and optimize digital engagement. And we’ve earned a reputation for innovation and reliability by helping clients leverage cutting edge technology while mitigating risk. Whether it’s helping governments transition to virtual working, incorporating biometric ID to give physicians anywhere anytime access to vital records, providing local law enforcement with complete criminal histories on-demand, or data integration platforms that monitor community health, GCOM’s innovative, next generation government solutions improve operations and deliver more value to the communities they serve.